I've not been able to post any pictures of our youngest son, Benjamin, because he was a foster child/ward of the State and his picture was not permitted to be posted on the internet or newspapers...
Until today, because he's officially our ADOPTED son!!! Here's a few pictures I thought I'd share -- of him playing, and of adoption day.

This is my dad keeping guard over the courtroom entrance before going before Judge Beebe.

This part was really cool. When Judge Beebe announced the adoption as final, she allowed Benjamin to strike the gavel. I think he struck it about 23 times! He had a blast banging on something and getting away with it.

Finally, my gorgeous sister and me striking a pose after it was all finished! Happy day!


  1. I'm going to just start crying super happy tears of joy! Congratulations x 10000 !!!! He is absolutely precious! Beautiful boy! May he be a mighty warrior for God! :)
    Good job!

  2. How wonderful! Congratulations!!

  3. That is awesome! Such a beautiful family!

    Before having babies I worked for Child Protective Services...moments of adoption are such a blessing in that world. God Bless Benjamin!

  4. Congratulations dude!!! That is such great news. I can only imagine how you must feel, I am elated just reading this and seeing these photos. Praise God for His goodness!

  5. That's awesome Brother!

    How Gospel-like:

    "I will not leave you as orphans;"
    - John 14:18

  6. Anonymous11:27 AM

    Congratulations Mike,

    This is the best news I've heard all day!
    And I love to hear good news.

    God bless you and your family,


  7. Thanks everybody! Thank you!

  8. blevinspl6:58 PM

    Thank you for sharing your joy with us. We shed tears of happiness for all of you. Benjamin is a blessing for all of you and you all are a blessing to him. Congratulation and Happy Birthday to Benjamin.

    Love Aunt Pam & Uncle Paul

  9. It's so wonderful to read and see this here - congratulations!

  10. This is great! Congratulations Mike!

    Benjamin is a wonderful name.

    God bless.